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Jens Lehmann reacts to Arsenal’s fall from grace

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The Gunners have made their worst to a season in nearly four decades, leaving Lehmann to fear for their once formidable reputation.

Jens Lehmann reckons Arsenal’s reputation is at risk following a dreadful start to the season and that ‘there are a lot of problems’.

A 4-2 midweek Europa League win over Dundalk maintained Arsenal’s perfect record as Group B winners. But while things in Europe have gone smoothly so far, it’s been a different story altogether in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta’s side sit 15th in the standings on a mere 13 points from 11 games. Losing 2-0 to Tottenham last weekend not only condemned them to a sixth defeat in their last eight league games, but it also ensured their worst start in 39 years.

And Lehmann, who starred in the Arsenal goal during the legendary unbeaten Premier League campaign of 2003/04, is far from impressed.

“The position right now is the worst in decades. For a club like Arsenal that is not acceptable,” the former Gunners goalkeeper told the Daily Mail.

“All of us old players would try to help and make the Arsenal brand strong and big. We are very disappointed because the brand name is deteriorating, and you simply cannot let that happen.”

Lehmann added: “The board has to make the right decisions, the manager has to make the right decisions by signing players and coaching them.

“The players are in a fantastic environment, they are in London at one of the most traditional clubs.

“It seems that some of them are still having problems to cope with the pressure because everybody expects them to win something.

“But we are not even talking about winning anymore when you speak of Arsenal. There are a lot of problems.”